Hi all, I have found this particular thread really interesting and helpful so decided to join and post my own questions.
Milo is 12 months old and is generally really well behaved. We have the following issues though:
1. When guests arrive he is waaaay too over excited and proceeds to jump on them and will not listen to any commands during this period of excitement. We have begun settling him before opening the door to guests and using precorrection strategies but he is like an attention seeking beast that can't contain himself!
2. At the off leash park, we experience a similar problem. He is so over stimulated by socialising with other dogs that he won't respiond to our commands or even come near us. He will visit other dog owners and let them pat him, even sitting next to them for a few seconds.. He is more than likely to run to the gate when I say "time to go" but is known to be a brat at times about this too. Once away from this environment he goes back to being the beautiful obedient pooch we are used to. I have tried taking a high value treat but he is not remotely interested by anything I have to offer once other dogs are around. Bit of an 'attention whore' this one!
3. Digging. Despite spending days indoors with us and sleeping outside at night time, we are finding new craters in the back yard from time to time. They seem to happen in the early hours of the morning so not at a time when we can catch him doing it. We have tried pepper and chilli in the holes, putting his own poo in them but have had no luck curbing this behaviour. It feels a bit futile if we can't catch him in the act? In terms of boredom he is walked regularly and runs with me twice a week. We have two kids who play games with him too so I feel like he is getting enough stimulation but I could be wrong.
Any feedback would be great!
post originally here... in the border collie forum